A quasi-governmental US organisation which aims to influence political processes in other countries. This is largely through intervening in media, fostering business groups, lending support and finances to preferred politicians/political parties, election monitoring, and fostering human rights groups. Alan Weinstein, one of the founders of the NED, explained in 1991 ‘A lot of what we do was done 25 years ago covertly by the CIA’
The political process towards socialism in Venezuela, named after Simón Bolívar a 19th Century revolutionary leader in the wars of independence from Spain. Bolívar and his movement achieved independence of most of northern Latin America. The current day Bolivarian Revolution seeks to build popular participatory democracy in Venezuela and achieve economic and political independence from imperialism.